Application Requirements:


In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to SVA in an envelope stamped and sealed by a high school guidance department and/or college registrar. Transcripts can be delivered by the applicant as long as they are in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing Program (ACT)

Statement of Intent:

In 500 words or less, discuss your reasons for pursuing undergraduate study in the visual arts. Feel free to include any information about yourself, your goals and interests that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your transcripts or portfolio.


A portfolio should reflect each individual’s art background and experiences. Each Portfolio is unique and will never be compared to another when assesing admission eligibility. The ideal portfolio will consist of 15 to 20 pieces of recent work.A portfolio is not required of film and video applicants. Instead, applicants are required to submit a two-part essay.

Portfolio Reviews:

Portfolio reviews are offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm throughout the year. Portfolio reviews are also available on Saturdays during open house and completion day programs. Applicants should bring examples of recent artwork with them. To schedule an on-campus portfolio review, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.436.4204 or 212.592.2100 two to four weeks in advance of the date you would like to visit.